Or Netflix: runs on everything. But if your "ecosystem" is limited to particular devices (see: iMessage, or the OP) then it may as well not exist as far as I'm concerned.
Hell, even Apple knew iTunes needed to run on Windows to matter. Eventually, anyway.
This can be done bluntly (via privileges) or sneakily (by making sure compatibility is not easy). But yeah usually ecosystems => lock-in and walled gardens.
iBookstore, Nookbook store, and Kobo -- the other three big players also have eBook DRM (via Adobe). Kindle is no "worse" than them.
Job's anti-DRM letter was published 8 months before the public beta of Amazon MP3 in September 2007. The first DRM free music from EMI was available on iTunes in May 2007. Google Play Music opened in 2011, two years after iTunes music was fully DRM free in the US.
"Eventually" is a bit harsh, it isn't a given that Amazon MP3 and Google Play Music would be DRM free if it wasn't for Apple pushing for it back at the start of 2007.
Seems that every thread has someone claim that if it wasn't for Apple, X would never exist and I'm frankly tired of it.
The example I like is Netflix on Linux. Now, boredom will find a way - and I use Wine and FireFox - but, does it really have to be like that?
I understand Linux is (without looking it up) something like 1% of the desktop market. But really... why should that matter? I know, business..but it's a consumer product.
When I'm trying to look through Netflix's website to see what's supported, all I can find is them trying to sell me proprietary devices. I don't mind so much, because I still like Netflix.
It's cheaper for Netflix to have you use their box than it is for them to develop & support a Linux client for the relatively small user base.
Licensing restrictions and other politics likely prevent them from accepting open source clients, even if they wanted to.
There has to be a good solution.
I know of no place to legally purchase DRM free content that you would find on Netflix. It's a sorry state to be in.
> Maybe launch a startup that has only public-domain videos to start?
Feel free to take the idea and run with it.
> There has to be a good solution.
I think you or I or someone else needs to make the solution. Though the problem is not simply technical. It's social and political, too.
There is a good solution, and it'll solve several other problems (some way more important than copyrights). I just don't know how to implement it - does anybody have any idea that does not resemble Ucrania?
Public domain does exist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_in_the_public_dom...
Or do you mean something else?
I think what the GP meant with "public domain does not exist anymore" is that it is effectively is no longer relevant.
If it doesn't run on Ubuntu and RedHat, it doesn't run on everything.
That said, I see your point; what I'm worried about is the "HTML5 DRM" specification and the binaries for them not being released on Linux. Then we're entirely screwed, with no work-arounds.
That's how I felt, until it wasn't perfect. I have a lot of DRM free tech books from publishers like O'Reilly. I'd like to be able to read them on my Kindle and sync my notes with the Kindle desktop app or "Cloud Reader". Doesn't work. Notes and highlights only sync between desktop apps and the Kindle e-ink device when you're reading Kindle books bought from Amazon.
That's the problem with a closed ecosystem. No matter how hard they try, the creator of the ecosystem isn't going to be able to foresee/support every use case.